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Matthew Monagle

New Line
New Line

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘It’ Breaks a Whole Slew of Box Office Records

As we head deeper into September, two things have become pretty clear about 2017 box office numbers: one, Hollywood desperately needs to bounce back a little bit from the doldrums of August, and two, whoever decided to hedge their studio’s bets with a September release date for a movie about a killer clown is looking like a [profanity] genius right about now. We’ll get to all of that in a moment, but first, here are the box office numbers as of Sunday afternoon:

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Jungle Daniel Radcliffe
Umbrella Entertainment

Daniel Radcliffe Gets ‘Jungle’ Fever in the Survival Thriller’s First Trailer

While there are probably those who would describe Daniel Radcliffe as an actor who has never amounted to much after the Harry Potter franchise, I’ve found his decisions over the past few years to be breathtakingly daring, a risky collection of screw-you titles that could only come from a place of supreme financial security. From Horns to Swiss Army Man and everything in between, Radcliffe has proven himself a gifted performer with a voracious appetite for genre films, becoming something relatively unique in the horror genre: an A-list actor with B-list tastes.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Lionsgate

Weekend Box Office Report: Audiences Take a Shine to ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Welcome to Augusts, where overall weekend grosses can decline for three consecutive weekends  —  $122, $116, and $95 million, respectively  —  and a new action-comedy can be the surprise winner of the weekend. Audiences might still be interested in creepy dolls, but it was a hyper-violent buddy film about professional killers that took home the gold. Here’s the box office projections, as of Sunday afternoon:

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Flashpoint Wonder Woman
Warner Bros.

Will Wonder Woman Be the Villain of the Upcoming ‘Flashpoint’ Film?

Given the film’s box office success and surprising - albeit extremely preliminary - Oscar buzz, it’s probably fair to declare 2017 as the year of Wonder Woman. And all this Wonder Woman excitement has fans asking: after we see the character again in this fall’s Justice League, what’s next for the star of the DCEU? Will she jump forward to the modern world in Wonder Woman 2? Will we continue to see her adventures unfold throughout the 1900s? Or will Warner Bros. do something really wacky with her character, like, I dunno, make her the villain of another DCEU movie?

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Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker
BBC

Say Hello to the First Female Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ History

You know those rare moments when everyone on the internet seems to be talking about the same thing? Sports, politics, entertainment, whatever… those are the moments that make social media both a blessing and a curse. Take, for instance, a talented (if not slightly unknown) actress named Jodie Whittaker. If you were to go to Google Trends right now and look up her name, you’d see a sudden spike in searches, indicating that everyone everywhere is suddenly obsessed with learning more about her career. Why on earth could that be?

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Despicable Me 3
Universal

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Despicable Me 3’ and ‘Baby Driver’ Open at the Top

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Edgar Wright fans: did the filmmaker’s action-packed Baby Driver score big with audiences? Or does this weekend belong to sequels, sequels, and more sequels? This weekend was always going to belong to Despicable Me 3— it’s a big hit with the kiddos, don’t you know— but there’s definitely some room for optimism in how the rest of the weekend Top 10 shook out. Here’s the numbers as of Sunday afternoon:

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Marvel
Marvel

James Gunn Has Narrowed His ‘GotG3’ Soundtrack Down to ‘181 Songs’

If you spend enough time reading interviews with writer-directors, you may find yourself wondering how big a role music plays in the creative process. Hollywood is littered with movies that were written under the influence of a particularly strong playlist; filmmakers who have been given control over every aspect of production, from screenplay the final cut, can sometimes appear to be writing to the music that influenced them along the way. That’s one of the beautiful things about the work of James Gunn. Not only does he exhibit a delightfully eclectic taste in ’70s and ’80s music, he often finds ways to bring those songs directly into the action of his Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

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Cars 3
Pixar

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Cars 3’ Dethrones ‘Wonder Woman’

It’s a pleasant Sunday afternoon in the world, which means it’s time for your weekend box office updates! While this was a disappointing weekend overall for a handful of new releases, there’s good news to be had: after a disappointing $144 million total gross last weekend, the box office bounced back to $187 million total over the past few days. That takes some of the pressure off Wonder Woman to, you know, save the summer blockbuster as we know it. Here’s the totals as of Sunday afternoon:

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Justice League
Warner Bros.

‘Aquaman’ Producer Explains How His Film Will Fit Into the ‘Justice League’ Timeline

One of the odd concerns of opening your cinematic universe with two of its biggest crossover events  —  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League  —  is deciding where to place the standalone movies. Take Wonder Woman, for example. Rather than move forward in the modern era, Wonder Woman circled back to World War I to introduce the character of Diana Prince and her family history. Do you do the same thing with movies like Aquaman and Flash? Walk audiences through their origin stories and get to know some of the supporting characters in their universe? Or do you move forward after the events of Justice League and pick people up along the way?

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Cannes Film Festival

Here Are Your Major Cannes Film Festival Award Winners

Even by its normally prestigious standards, this was a pretty exciting year for the Cannes Film Festival. Surprise selections, an atypically fun jury, and countless debates about Netflix and the future of film exhibition all combined to make headlines all around the world. Oh, and there were also a handful of the most highly anticipated films of 2017 receiving serious recognition from the festival. You know, no big deal.

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